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Change the number of the most recently used workbooks

Having your 25 most recently used workbooks on the File tab, in the Open menu is handy, but you may find it's not enough. You can increase the number shown up to 50, and you can pin (fasten) particular workbooks to the menu so that they remain there even if you haven't used them recently.

Adding commands to the Quick Access Toolbar

Suppose you'd like to add a couple more commands to the Quick Access toolbar. Also, say you're a big fan of AutoSum. You can add the AutoSum button to the Quick Access toolbar, so you can quickly create and use AutoSum entries.

Creating Your Own Menu

Creating custom menus in Excel is a funny feature you can use to create groups of the options you use most often and then plug them into the menu you name and use yourself.

How to generate series of dates

Often you'll want to insert a series of dates into a worksheet. The most efficient way to enter a series of dates doesn't require any formulas - just use Excel's AutoFill feature.

Using Solver

The Solver tool allows you to specify multiple adjustable cells and constraints on the values that the adjustable cells can have, generate a solution that maximizes or minimizes a particular worksheet cell, generate multiple solutions to a problem.

Goal Seeking

Goal seeking is a useful feature that works in conjunction with your formulas. If you know what a formula result should be, Excel can tell you which values of one or more input cells you need to produce that result.

Calculating the difference between two time stamps

Because timestamps are represented as serial numbers, you can subtract the earlier time from the later time to get the difference.

Calculating the number of work days between two dates

When calculating the difference between two dates, you may want to exclude weekends and holidays.

Increase the number of Undo levels in Excel

By default, the number of Undo levels in Excel for Microsoft 365 is 100. You can increase or decrease this number if it's necessary.

Creating Subtotals

Excel's ability to create automatic subtotals is a handy feature that can save you a great deal of time.

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